Corrupted or missing HAL.dll after restoring a disk image.
Posted on 2006-03-29
I created a disk image for cloning purposes and when I tried to restore it to another Computer, I received the message stating that the HAL.dll was missing or corupted and to copy another to Windows\system32. I have re-done the image, tried extracting the HAL.dll from my windows disk and everything else I could think of, but to not avail. My question is this, what causes this message after restoring an image? My first thought is that the hardware abstaction layer is just different enough between the machines to cause the problem. However, I've tried two different versions of the image on 4 different machines, all Dell Optiplex 270's that are identical, (they are from the same order with consecutive serial numbers and I imaged them a while back, so I'm pretty confident they are identical.)
Could it be a problem with the image? I've done this a few hundred times, and have received this message maybe six times in the past. But the problem is generally fixed with a new image. Not this time. I'm at a loss and any help wold be appreciated.